Best Fight : Henderson v Edgar
Worst Fight : Shields v Akiyama
The UFC really dropped the ball by not having a Japanese ring
announcer or Japanese style pre-fight videos. What's the point in
travelling thousands of miles and going out of your way to put over
cultural differences if you don't embrace the most visible aspects of
Joe Rogan telling us Lauzon is from same place as Marvin Hagler
implies Lauzon is handy with his fists?!?!? I'm from the same place as
Captain Cook, does that mean I should get a boat?
It's a shame Shields beat Akiyama, with a third straight loss I was
hoping he would be cut.
I was delighted Bader survived the death valley driver (why is there
no picture in picture?) to beat one trick pony Rampage. Rampage is the
latest in a long line of champions, from Mark Coleman through to
Fedor, who refuse to work on the glaring weaknesses in their game.
About a minute after Rogan said Japanese fans are respectful and don't
boo, Bader is on top and they're booing.
Ben Henderson - the man who loves Jesus and gives Old Testament style
beatings to his opponents. Henderson is one of the most complete
fighters in the near 20 year (new) history of the sport. Not since
Cung Le hammered Frank Shamrock have I seen a man take as sustained a
beating as Edgar took. Coupled with his last fight against Maynard it
was a definite career shortener. On Rogan's point about judges not
being privy to strikes landed statistics, good, the number of strikes
landed is irrelevant, damage done is relevant. Do we really need to
revisit one of the biggest robberies in UFC history (Randleman-Rutten)
again? If Pettis works his way up to a rematch with Henderson they
should main event that on Fox, not only will it draw record numbers
but those two can't fail to deliver a great fight, something we have
yet to see on Fox. Henderson has a career at Welterweight. A fight
against GSP would be very interesting. He's certainly a hell of a lot
quicker than GSP but throwing such a large volume of kicks would make
him susceptible to a takedown - against a pre ACL injury GSP.
M B Mehdi
Giant thumbs up.
Best match: Henderson/Edgar
Worst match: Rampage/Bader
I'm a big fan of the 2-hour prelim show on FX/SportsNet in Canada, and I hope they do this for all the UFC PPVs. The 4-hour main card was a bit long in and of itself and it's a shame that two of the worst fights on the show (Rampage/Bader and the Shields fight) were on the PPV portion of the card. But, in the end, I paid $60 for what amounted to six hours of live UFC in HD last night, so it was a great deal and a very fun night of fights.
I haven't listened to the Wrestling Observer Radio on last night's show, so I don't know what either Dave or Bryan said about the scoring in the main event, but I thought it was obvious that Henderson won based on damage, but I was legitimately worried that Edgar was going to squeak out a 3-2 rounds decision from 2 judges on the 10-point must system and get a split decision victory to retain. I was thrilled to see Henderson win and I really hope we get Henderson-Pettis II before Henderson defends against anyone else. UFC has already screwed up Pettis's promised title shot once, so just do the money match now and take advantage of a natural and compelling storyline.
Rampage looked like a shell of his former self last night and really need to retire. He's done.
Big thumbs up. I expected a lot from this card and it delivered. However, I noticed
something I never have before. For the most part, UFC events are getting homogenized. I
show is a show is a show, whether it takes place in Vegas, Jersey, Rio, or Japan. Now
maybe this is on purpose but I think they had a chance to do something fun and aside from
the crowd - which was awesome - you could hardly tell where they were.
I mean, at the very least they could have handed out the little trophies to the winners.
That said, I loved the way the building was laid out and THAT gave the event some
importance (although it just looked like generic arena #5)
Best match: Man, this was tough because there were so many. And this may be a cheat, but
Edgar/Henderson was simply the most exciting and compelling, even if it wasn't the fastest
paced, most action packed fight. I may be wrong but we may have been about an inch away
from the first enziguri in the history of UFC. The reason this fight got my vote was
because it seemed like Henderson was so driven to not only win but win spectacularly.
Maybe it was because I'm such a huge fan, maybe it's because of the countdown show and his
mom being in the crowd, I dunno, but this fight is gonna be with me for a while.
Plus, I was never sold on the Edgar era, especially his "comeback kid" rep, which was way
overblown in my eyes. No disrespect to the guy, he's great, but when I can think of four
or five guys from other promotions who I think can beat the UFC champ, that's not good.
Look forward to the inevitable Pettis rematch. Speaking of whom, his knockout of Lauzon
was epic. We were talking about how Lauzon probably didn't know where he was, and I
suggested his corner should fuck with him a little. "Yeah, you're in Japan. The fight
was in Vegas but this is where you landed"
And damn, I think I said it last time out but it bears repeating: I love me some Tim
Worst match - Tough for different reasons, because the card was solid all the way around.
The couple of snoozers weren't really bad enough to qualify technically. So by process of
elimination I call Bader/Rampage just because it was so disappointing. I'm not a fan of
Bader's style and Rampage just didn't have it, which is unfortunate. Saddest moment of
the night was him laying on the mat, totally dejected, after the fight.
The other match that springs to mind is Akiyama/Shields. I dislike Shields as much as any
fighter, don't care for Akiyama either, and in fact declared my intentions to take a nap
during this fight whether I wanted to or not. But it exceeded expectations and was still
bad, which should tell you something.
Overall extremely happy with this PPV. This is the kind of card I like with guys out to